One of Mario Batali's last standing businesses, NYC gourmet grocery store and café Tarry Market, is shutting its doors.
Batali opened the boutique market in 2010 along with business partners the Bastianich family, who he also partnered with for Eataly.
A spokesperson for Bastianich confirmed that Tarry Market will close next week.
The rep tells The Blast, "We’ve decided to explore developing the property into a mixed-use development. We are in the early stages of that and, of course, look forward to working through the full development process."
However, a source tells us that the business had been struggling, and just last week Batali's name was finally removed from the shop. A spokesperson tells us that Batali was "removed from all operations last December and his products were removed at the same time from Tarry Market."
Lidia Bastianich and Batali's famed Italian mega-market and eatery, Eataly, cut ties with the former host of "The Chew" in 2017 amid numerous allegations of sexual misconduct.
We're told that investors, including Bastianich, are currently participating in a buy-out of Batali's ownership in the businesses.
Employees at Tarry Market were informed earlier in the week that the company was closing down in just a few days. The news quickly prompted rumors that Eataly was next on the chopping block.
Thankfully, Bastianich's rep put that rumor to rest and confirmed to us that Eataly will not be closing.
? Phew! ?